Sea Otter: First look at Fezzari’s disc-equipped road bike

Disc Road Bike Sea Otter Classic

Utah-based direct-to-consumer bike seller Fezzari will plunge wheels first into the road disc arena in mid-summer 2014, releasing a disc-equipped full carbon tarmac tamer with thru-axles front (15mm) and rear (142×12).

The yet-to-be-named bike is on display in prototype fashion here at the Sea Otter Classic. Spec includes a full Ultegra 6800 drivetrain, Easton EC70 bars, stem and post, Reynolds Stratus Pro wheels, and 140mm rotors front and rear. Fezzari PR man Tyler Cloward says pricing is not finalized just yet, but he expects the bike to come in around the $3,000 range.

YouTube Preview ImageVideo: Fezzari Bicycles Marketing Manager Tyler Cloward offers up a Sea Otter sneak peek at their new road disc bike offering. 

Cloward added that the Fezzari design team worked directly with Shimano to assure that chainline issues were non-existent with the wider-spaced rear hub. “We made sure that we got the chainstay lengths just right, and the way we are designing the rear drop-out there is no need for any funky spacers. Standard cranks will work,” he added. “And of course we know from the mountain bike world the benefits in terms of handling, stiffness and steering that come with a thru-axle set-up.”

The Fezzari road disc frame will be compatible with mechanical and electronic shifting systems thanks to a dual-plate set-up that can accommodate wires or cables. A new lay-up is claimed to have shed 200 grams from the frame. The seat tube measures 27.2, which helps smooth ride quality and sheds further weight. Fork/frame clearance is large enough for up to 28c tires for those who want to turn the bike into a true gravel grinder.

To alleviate concerns about the lack of face-to-face contact in the direct-to-consumer model, Fezzari utilizes a 23-point custom sizing and set-up process with all the bikes it sells where detailed measurements and precise fit specifications are dialed in before the bike ships to the consumer. You can learn more about that the custom program in this video.

Sea Otter: First look at Fezzari’s disc-equipped road bike Gallery
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Ample Room

The new rig will accommodate tires up to 28c.
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Bomber

Rear end stiffness will be bolstered by a 142x12 thru-axle.
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Disc-Equipped

Rotors are 140mm front and rear.
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Pick Your Poison

Thanks to 2-mode plates, the bike will be compatible with electronic or mechanical shifting systems.
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Prototype

The new rig will be available starting in August with a $3,000 price tag.
About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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  • kreativecid says:

    No disrespect, and I know this has been brought up a billion times, but Fezzari’s bikes – which arguably are well-spec’d and priced – would sell better if they weren’t named “Fezzar”. Horrible marketing and top-of-mind recall. A rose by any other name is just as sweet, right? Wrong.

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